Declan Rice has been urged to become a West Ham icon and snub any chance of moving on to a bigger club.
And the advice comes from a man who did the same at his major club Nottingham Forest – Irons first-team coach Stuart Pearce
‘Psycho’ proved how to become a legend in the game by captaining Nottingham Forest for 11 years and winning 78 caps for England.
Two League Cups and an old Division One trophy were among his haul of silverware — but to some of us he will always always be remembered as the fourth of the England lions.
Pearce, 58, believes in following your heart and not always your head to get the best out of your time as a player.
He said: “Put it this way, I’m probably testament to that. I played my football where I enjoyed playing football and turned money down to stay where I was happy.
“My biggest driver was probably playing for the national team. I get the same impression now with Dec — he is intensely proud of representing England.